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Government appoints swine flu tsar

6th May 2009

The government is to appoint a swine flu “tsar” to help deal with the spread of the virus in the UK.

The current chief executive of NHS North East, Ian Dalton, has been seconded to become the national director for NHS Flu Resilience, health secretary Alan Johnson announced.

Mr Dalton is set to take up the post immediately and oversee vaccination programmes against the virus and the supply of anti-virals.

Yesterday, health officials confirmed the number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK had risen to 28, with a further case in Berkshire.

Five UK schools ? Dolphin School in Battersea, Alleyn’s School and South Hampstead High School, also in London, Downend School in South Gloucestershire and Paignton Community and Sports College in Devon – remain closed today.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has said arrangements are being made for the summer exam season with the flu outbreak in mind.

The exam regulator Ofqual will hold a meeting later to discuss measures such as pupils sitting exams away from their schools or final grades being based on coursework.

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